Dubai: A 23-member sturdy Indian workforce, led by reigning world champion Sundar Singh Gurjar, can be out to safe 2020 Tokyo Paralympics qualification slots when the World Para Athletics Championships kick off right here on Thursday.
The Indian workforce, which arrived right here on Tuesday night, did their first official coaching on the Dubai Membership for Folks of Dedication Stadium. Javelin and excessive leap are the 2 occasions that they’re hoping to win some medals in.
Staff coach Naval Singh stated that his athletes had been focusing on eight medals. On the 2017 London World Championships, India completed in 34th place with 5 medals, together with one gold.
“This time the Indian team is stronger and we are targeting more medals than last time, including four gold. We have six javelin throwers who are also medal contenders. We have some experienced athletes like Sandeep and Sundar, while Naval is a junior world champion. The team is confident of doing well,” Naval Singh instructed the Paralympic Committee of India.
Gurjar, who’s recovering from a proper shoulder harm that he picked up at coaching, is now raring to defend his Javelin F46 gold which he gained in London in 2017.
“I have been training well. I had a muscle tear in my shoulder, but I am recovering well. I will come up with a good show and defend my title,” he stated.
Sandeep Chaudhary and Sumit, who shattered two world data in males’s F40-46 and 61-64 javelin throw class, respectively, on the World Para Athletics Grand Prix in Italy in June, would be the different two athletes to be careful for within the javelin occasions.
Chaudhary, who’s an Asian Para Video games champion, stated, “We have prepared well and are looking forward to the event. This is the last event in 2019 and everyone will be trying to give 100 per cent considering that it’s a Tokyo 2020 qualification event. I am looking to get my personal best. The wind, however, will be a factor at the venue.”
Sumit (21) is aiming to make his debut World Chmpionships particular. “I am aiming to break the world record again. Though I don’t have much experience, I am confident of doing well. I am feeling positive,” he stated.
Amongst others, Asian Para Video games champion Ekta Bhyan, who will begin her marketing campaign on November 11, promised so as to add to the medal tally on the Worlds this time. Rio 2016 gold medallist Thangavelu Mariyappan and London 2017 silver medallist Sharad Kumar can be in motion within the males’s excessive leap T63 finals on November 14.
Among the many Indians competing within the finals on the opening day are Ajitkumar Amrutlal Panchal and Vinod Kumar, each competing within the males’s discus throw F52 occasion.